Books

In a variety of voices, Truax tells the never-before-told story of the first two elephants to come to America and their enslaved keeper, William.

In the autumn of 1795 on board a ship from Salem, Massachusetts an enslaved boy named William finds himself tasked with caring for the first elephant to be brought to America. Upon arrival in the city of New York, he and the elephant are sold together. They walk back and forth across the growing country for years so that everyone may see the elephant. A second elephant and owner replace the first and again William is with the elephant every hour of every day, until she too dies. Now a grown man, William has a fleeting moment to decide if he will remain a bondman, or walk off on his own.

A harrowing story about frightening facts difficult to discuss, Broken Buckets looks at what can go wrong as a result of forces already set in motion. A vivid tale of grief and trauma left inadequately tended, this story is a tribute to teachers, to veterans, and to school children. Written entirely before the Newtown tragedy, du Trieux was later told by an agent "no one will touch that subject". The author remained courageously motivated to tackle this most challenging of topics with her characteristically gentle and honest manner. It is a compelling work, with tension that builds from chapter to chapter toward the inevitably tragic end of which one reader said, "It was truly masterful the way the end unfolded." Throughout the reader begins to have care and compassion for everyone in the story, and about the contemporary issues that drive the storyline. Here we find a tale that may help to ease tensions regarding violence in our innermost society.

Henry W. Longfellow was once the American rock star, and his epic poems were songs that were loved the world over by children and adults. This one celebrates a story from the history of colonial America as Longfellow often did. It was first published as part of a larger collection Longfellow titled Tales of a Wayside Inn which was released in three installments between 1863 and 1873. The Poet’s Tale reproduced here was included in “part second” and appears to have been completed in 1871. The book was said to have sold out of 15,000 copies on the first day of its release.

  • Anthologies:

  • Alternatives to Surrender (1 poem) Plain View Press, 2007

  • The 2008 Poets’ Guide to New Hampshire (1 poem) PSNH, 2008

  • The 2010 Poets’ Guide to New Hampshire (2 poems) PSNH, 2010

  • 6S Volume 2 (1 prose poem) R. McEvily, 2009

  • The Poets’ Touchstone (2 poems) PSNH, Summer 2013

  • Piscataqua Poems: A Seacoast Anthology (4 poems) Piscataqua Press, 2013

  • The Long-Islander Newspaper (founded by Walt Whitman) (1 poem) October, 2013

  • The Widows' Handbook: Poetic Reflections on Grief and Survival by Jacqueline Lapidus (Editor), Lise Menn (Editor), Ruth Bader Ginsburg (Foreword) (3 poems) Kent State University Press, 2014

  • Compass Points: Stories from Seacoast Authors (1 short story) Piscataqua Press, 2015

  • The Best of Kindness: Origami Poems Project (1 poem) OPP, 2016

  • Goose River Anthology 2018 (1 poem) Goose River Press, 2018

  • PORT smith art journal, issue two (1 poem) Painspoke Press, 2018

  • The Mud Chronicles: A New England Anthology (prose and photos) Monadnock Writers’ Group, 2018

  • BEAT-itude (1 poem) Local Gems Press, 2018

  • Lunation (1 poem) PPLP/Senile Monk Press, ND

  • We Are Beat (1 poem) Local Gems Press, 2019